On Friday 7 June we look forward to another enjoyable evening, with fantastic guests. Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer have developed a strong reputation for a delivering great performances time and time again. Once known mainly for their instrumental skills with Scottish smallpipes, accordion and Swedish nyckelharpa, they are now being accepted as impressive song arrangers and writers.
Vicki & Jonny effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary interpretations, whilst equally creating original self-penned tunes and songs that are entirely at home in the tradition. Out of this combination they have developed a sound that is both familiar and fresh. Strong believers in letting the music tradition live and breathe through sensitive interpretation, Vicki and Jonny allow the melody to sing without any constraints.
In support are New Roots finalists 2013, Broken Boat – a modern folk band who combine honest, heartfelt lyrics with an intricate, soulful sound and enchant live audiences with their simple but powerful songs and their eclectic instrumentation.
Originally formed in Plymouth, Broken Boat moved to Hertfordshire after being signed to Berkhamsted based label ‘Which Wolf Wins Records’. To date they have played hundreds of gigs all over the south of England and several festivals including Knee Deep Festival (Supporting Willy Mason) and Berkofest. Their debut EP ‘Peace and Quiet’ was recorded at the prestigious Yellowfish Studios with the world renowned producer Ian Caple and has been featured multiple times on radio 2 by Bob Harris, calling their music “Quite lovely”, as well as BBC Three Counties and BBC Radio Devon.
The evening starts at 8.30 pm and tickets are £10 (members £7) and can be reserved by contacting us by email. Bring your own drinks – fine ales available nearby. Teas and coffee available in the kitchen.
On Friday 24 May the song session theme, led by Kevin Green, will be ‘Old, New, Borrowed, Blue’. Bring songs, tunes, applause and, if you have one, a kazoo!